Aijaz Ahmed on Third World Texts

Mohamed Dellal, Mohamed I University, Oujda, Morocco

Note 1 to the author's "The Interpreters' Cultural Politics, Or Soyinka's Postcolonial Otherness"

To say that all Third World texts are necessarily this or that is to say, in effect, that any text originating within that social space which is not this or that is not a "true" narrative. It is in this sense above that all the category of "Third World Literature" which is the sire of this operation, with the "national allegory" as its metatexts as well as the mark of its constitution and difference, is, to my mind, epistemologically an impossible category. (105).


Aijaz, A. (1992) In Theory, Classes, Nations, Literatures. London: Versoe.

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